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October 21, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Ryan R. Oliver shot this photo of a serene stork sitting on the foggy Salton Sea on Sunday. He used an Olympus E-M5.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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February 11, 2014 | Tony Perry
His aging truck was wheezing and the hot-air balloon in the trailer was ragged and non-functional. So Leonard Knight, self-described "little hobo bird," pulled into a barren patch of desert in the Imperial Valley and decided that he had found the right spot to bring his message to the world: "God is Love. " He planned to spend a week or two. But then he was gripped by the spirit. For the next three decades the lean and sturdy New Englander joyously painted a tall mound of adobe he called Salvation Mountain.
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TRAVEL
January 31, 2010
IMPERIAL, CALIF. Salton Sea International Bird Festival When, where: Feb. 11-14, Imperial Valley College plus various field locations Highlights: See as many as 100 bird species a day at the Salton Sea and the Pacific Flyway. Events include a marsh bird symposium, expert-led tours, seminars, workshops and a learning area for children. Cost: $100 for all scheduled events, or $25 to $50 per event Info: www.newriverwetlands .com/saltonsea2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - With an ominous deadline approaching, two feuding Imperial Valley agencies have put aside their differences and developed a plan they hope can save the ailing Salton Sea, the state's largest body of water and often considered its most vexing environmental problem. The Imperial Irrigation District and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors have agreed to push for additional geothermal energy exploration on the eastern edge of the sea. The goal is to raise money for restoration projects from the profits from energy sales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1998
Re "Salton Sea Is Dead--Keep It That Way," Commentary, June 18: Ivan Colburn is right. Moreover, all public spending involves trade-offs. Congressional saviors of the Salton Sea might consider how many beneficial water-recycling projects to serve thirsty Southern California will be scrapped to find the funding for this harebrained idea. Perhaps we can find a more fitting monument to remember Sonny Bono than the Coachella/ Imperial Valley-fed agricultural holding pond (sewer) known as the Salton Sea. The delicate Mojave Desert environment cannot support even more recreational use than that which already exists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SALTON SEA STATE RECREATION AREA - During the heyday of the Salton Sea, when the Hollywood crowd and others came to play in large numbers, this strip of beaches, campsites and fishing spots along the sea's northern shore was one of California's most popular parks. But that was years ago. The popularity of the recreation area has plummeted in recent decades, and now the area is on a list of parks to be closed because of the state's financial woes. Unlike other parks slated for closure, this one may never come back, park officials said.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Monday morning five miles from Niland, Calif., east of the Salton Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 5:43 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.2 mile. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 17 miles from Brawley and 30 miles from El Centro. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes .
OPINION
September 13, 2012
Re "Area's odor is linked to Salton Sea," Sept. 12 The Salton Sea, the largest lake in California, smells because the Metropolitan Water District is shipping staggering amounts of water from Imperial Valley farms to San Diego and making lots of money. The lake's water level has sunk seven feet (it was only 50 feet deep in most places in the first place). As a result, the deeper pollutants are more easily brought to the surface, and the public notices the smell. The courts have dragged their feet litigating and the state has not taken responsibility for the ecosystem as it said it would in the Quantification Settlement Agreement in 2003.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Ryan R. Oliver shot this photo of a serene stork sitting on the foggy Salton Sea on Sunday. He used an Olympus E-M5.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
The geothermal power plants at Southern California's Salton Sea don't just produce electricity, they also trigger thousands of temblors not far from one of the West Coast's most dangerous earthquake faults, a new study says. Research published online Thursday in the journal Science found that as production rose at the Imperial County geothermal field, so did the number of earthquakes. From 1981 through 2012, more than 10,000 earthquakes above magnitude 1.75 were recorded in the area.
SCIENCE
July 11, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
The geothermal power plants at Southern California's Salton Sea don't just produce electricity, they also trigger thousands of temblors not far from one of the West Coast's most dangerous earthquake faults, a study says. A study published online Thursday in the journal Science found that as production rose at the Imperial County geothermal field, so did the number of earthquakes. From 1981 through 2012, more than 10,000 earthquakes above magnitude 1.75 were recorded in the area. “That group of earthquakes …. is connected to the production,” said Emily Brodsky, a UC Santa Cruz geophysicist and the paper's lead author.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A California judge Tuesday upheld the sale of water from the farmers of the Imperial Valley to the thirsty cities in San Diego County -- the largest farms-to-cities water deal in the nation. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly disagreed with litigants, including the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, who said the deal between the Imperial Irrigation District and the San Diego County Water Authority violated the state's environmental rules, particularly involving the Salton Sea. San Diego County Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton called the ruling a “landmark victory in San Diego's historic quest for a more reliable water supply.” San Diego County, blessed by nature with mild weather and a gorgeous landscape, is virtually devoid of groundwater.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Monday morning five miles from Niland, Calif., east of the Salton Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 5:43 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.2 mile. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 17 miles from Brawley and 30 miles from El Centro. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Seven people suspected of being illegal immigrants from Mexico were discovered in the Imperial Valley inside a chilled tractor-trailer that was carrying watermelons, the U.S. Border Patrol said. The vehicle was stopped for inspection at 4 a.m. Thursday at the checkpoint on Highway 86 between Salton City and Westmorland, on the edge of the Salton Sea. A Border Patrol dog alerted agents to possible illegal immigrants, the Border Patrol said. A woman and six men, ages 20 to 52, were found in the trailer, which was refrigerated to 48 degrees.
NEWS
November 9, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Temperatures in Southern California deserts have finally dropped (and really, it took awhile), which means it's the ideal time for some outdoor play. Road-bike tour company Undiscovered Country in Los Altos, Calif., offers a bicycle tour that visits Palm Springs, the Salton Sea and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park . The six-day Warm Winter Bike Tour starts in Palm Springs with a warm-up ride and a night at the plush Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. Cyclists take off for Borrego Springs, which becomes a base for bike rides to the Salton Sea, the Anza-Borrego badlands and other areas.
OPINION
September 13, 2012
Re "Area's odor is linked to Salton Sea," Sept. 12 The Salton Sea, the largest lake in California, smells because the Metropolitan Water District is shipping staggering amounts of water from Imperial Valley farms to San Diego and making lots of money. The lake's water level has sunk seven feet (it was only 50 feet deep in most places in the first place). As a result, the deeper pollutants are more easily brought to the surface, and the public notices the smell. The courts have dragged their feet litigating and the state has not taken responsibility for the ecosystem as it said it would in the Quantification Settlement Agreement in 2003.
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